Dec 11, 2008 8:08am
Re: Why is a TV broadcast in 'Feature Films'?
Lots of things seem to be slipping through the cracks or going to the wrong section lately.
Sure the movie is PD but the colourisation by Legend Films is under copyright as if it was a new film. It will be a long time before any of the commercially colourized (such as Hal Roach/Colorization Inc, Turner or Legend) films make it into the PD in the US.
Love on the Dolehttp://www.archive.org/details/LoveontheDole
A British film that was not released in the USA until 4 years after it was released in the UK. This one had valid grounds for GATT restoration.
This one also has GATT issues. But more than likely - like most of the 70s HK martial Arts pix - this is cheap copyright content. HK has a life plus 50 copyright term measured from the last of the director, screenwriter, composer or producers to die.
Some of the Russian content is questionable. It has been a long held belief that any Russian works made before 1973 (When the USSR first joined the Universal Copyright Convention) are PD. Not so. Russia's copyright law of 1993 was retrospective which gave protection to most works publised befor 1973. When Russia joined Berne at the Uraguay Round these works where under copyright and were reinstated in the USA with the URAA/GATT legislation. Currently Russian copyright is Life + 70 calculated the usual way. But before middle of 2004 it was life plus 50. So for a Russian film to be PD all of the principles have to have died before end of 1953.
This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2008-12-11 16:08:26